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Outcomes for citizen science at science centers


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Citizen science learning outcomes are best achieved if you name them in advance. As the fifth in our workshop slideshow series on integrating citizen science into informal science education programming, we build on the logic model approach to program planning.

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Outcomes for citizen science at science centers

  1. 1. Citizen Science –at – Science Centers Starting with the End in Mind Program Development & Evaluation
  2. 2. Why Science do you want to do Society citizenscience? Individuals
  3. 3. But what does this mean??
  4. 4. What’s even possible from citizen science? OUT (comes)
  5. 5. We have some insights into what people learn… Center for the Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE) Inquiry Group Report:Public Participation in Scientific Research: Defining the Field and Assessing its Potential for Informal Science Education (Bonney et al. 2009) Program Development & Evaluation
  6. 6. Let’s break it down. Program Development & Evaluation
  7. 7. ISE learning outcomes: Knowledge, awareness, understanding Engagement or interest Skills Attitudes Behaviors Other(From Friedman 2008) Program Development & Evaluation
  8. 8. And let’s get specific: Program Development & Evaluation
  9. 9. Knowledge Content? (bird migration) Process? (data are collected and analyzed) Careers? (you can be an ornithologist and become rich and famous) Community? (people are watching and enjoying birds all around you) Program Development & Evaluation
  10. 10. (forgive the birdreferences, we’re justillustrating how tobe specific) Program Development & Evaluation
  11. 11. Engagement engagement Increase  Content? (develop bird migration maps)  Process? (collect data)  Careers? (become an intern)  Community? (attend a community event) 11 Program Development & Evaluation
  12. 12. Skills  Ask testable questions and design studies?  Collect accurate data?  Analyze and interpret data?12 Program Development & Evaluation
  13. 13. Attitudes  Toward science? (science can be fun)  About species? (learn to love pigeons)  About careers? (I’d like to be an ornithologist when I grow up)  About people? (It’s fun to collect data with others) Program Development & Evaluation
  14. 14. Behavior Change behaviors  Toward science? (participate in project over time)  About the outdoors? (spend more time outdoors watching birds)  About community? (Attend community meetings)  Regarding responsibility? (recycling) Program Development & Evaluation
  15. 15. Other Change behaviors  Social capital? (connections to people and resources in the community)  Community capacity? (information, skills, or resources to address problems)  Economic impact? (jobs? community improvements?) Program Development & Evaluation
  16. 16. Time to brainstorm! Program Development & Evaluation
  17. 17. Time to brainstorm! (and, be specific) What are your institutional and programmatic priorities for learning outcomes? What kinds of learning might your activities affect? How could you creatively rethink inputs and activities to meet desired outcomes? Program Development & Evaluation
  18. 18. Time to brainstorm! See Citizen Science Logic Model Worksheet and more info at: Program Development & Evaluation
  19. 19. Photo credits:Project NestWatch, www.nestwatch.orgeBird, www.ebird.orgOn Flickr: sierraclubResources:Bonney, R., H. Ballard, R. Jordan, E. McCallie, T. Phillips, J. Shirk, and C. Wilderman. 2009. Public Participation inScientific Research: Defining the Field and Assessing Its Potential for Informal Science Education. A CAISE InquiryGroup Report. Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE), Washington, D.C. Online.Friedman, A. (Ed). (2008). Framework for evaluating impacts of informal science education projects. Online.Phillips, T., R. Bonney, and J. L. Shirk. 2012. “What is Our Impact? Toward a Unified Framework for EvaluatingOutcomes of Citizen Science Participation” in Dickinson, J. L., and R. Bonney, eds. Citizen Science: PublicParticipation in Environmental Research. Cornell University Press: Ithaca, NY.For more